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Injured Starc could be right for first Proteas Test

Bad luck continues to plague Australian pace bowler Mitchell Starc with a nasty leg injury forcing him to have surgery.

Starc was taken to St George Hospital in Sydney after he cut open his shin during a fielding drill.

He had surgery to clean up the wound and will have his leg in a brace for the next few weeks.

Team doctor John Orchard said Starc could be right for the first Test against South Africa in Perth on November 3.

"Fortunately there were no bone fractures or tendon damage to his leg and he underwent surgery to clean the wound and received approximately 30 stitches," Dr Orchard said.

"Barring complications, we are hopeful he is on track to play at the start of the Australian summer."

"He will remain in hospital for the next few days to minimise movement to his leg and will use an extension brace for the next 2-3 weeks until his stitches are removed."

During the recent tour of Sri Lanka, the left-armer took 24 wickets, a record for a visiting pace bowler in a three-Test series in Sri Lanka.

It was his comeback Test series after breaking down with foot and ankle injuries in November 2015.

James Faulkner and Shaun Marsh have been ruled out of the one-day series in South Africa with injuries.

Usman Khawaja will take Marsh's place while Faulkner won't be replaced.

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